Yahoo Selling Off Game Business?

paidContent is reporting that Yahoo may soon sell off its Yahoo Games unit in an effort to cut costs.  HotJobs, Yahoo Small Business and Yahoo Personals are already on the sell list.

Yahoo Games averages 19.2 million unique visits per month and partnerships with PopCap, Gogii Games and Big Fish have helped to create a portfolio of hundreds of games. Yahoo’s fantasy sports business would not be included in the fire sale as it is part of Yahoo Sports.

While Yahoo doesn’t comment on rumors or speculation, paidContent’s sources say two potential buyers have already come calling.  Who might be interested in acquiring Yahoo Games?  Speculation runs from IGN Entertainment to Best Buy and GameStop but MSN Games and AOL are seen as the best candidates.

Meanwhile, Microsoft and Yahoo have worked out a deal to merge their search engine businesses in a direct challenge to Google’s dominance.

Via: GameDaily

-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Correspondent Andrew Eisen

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    Magic says:

    Meanwhile, Microsoft and Yahoo have worked out on deal to merge their search engine businesses in a direct challenge to Google’s dominance.

    *Sigh.* Google started from absolutely nothing, the founders simply started an easy to use, unobtrusive search engine. No bullshit adverts or cluttered interfaces… *Looks at* … yeah. MS and Yahoo still don’t get why Google are popular.

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    Neo_DrKefka says:

     I’ve been with Yahoo since 1996 and I feel everything they have done to literally “improve” the service has had the opposite effect.

    Yahoo Clubs used to be an awesome place to go for gamers hell many of the famous gaming sites started out as a Yahoo Club. However, due to problems with no parental controls and huge amounts of Child Pornography instead of programming a feature in and moderating these people they decided to buy out Egroups and then shut down Yahoo Clubs forever. And to be honest Yahoo Groups looks terrible and the features are crap and annoying.
    Yahoo Profiles or Member Search was awesome. I loved it, you can find people to chat with easily and your old Yahoo Profiles page though plan was a great help and I met  a lot of people off of it. Then Yahoo with AOL decided to let in advertisers who let in bots into chats and make profiles. This screwed it up but I’ll get to the bots later. 
    Yahoo 360 was a new crappy Blog that replaced your Yahoo Profiles sometimes it would keep it most of the time it would delete it and make you go through hell to find it again. Yahoo 360 was a complete failure and was recently shut down because people really didn’t use it or like it and it just wasted space.
    Yahoo Chats was a great place to chat. Years ago AOL had some of the best chat rooms on the net. Easy to get started and involved. Again Yahoo decided to change some of the core features. Letting advertisers in destroyed the Chat Room scene. Literally, if you have Yahoo Messenger you are automatically setup to enter a chat through Messenger. Most chats are flooded with bots and advertisers, advertising porn sites. They literally chat, im you and respond to comments and then flood you with messengers.
    To make it worse around the same time, because of the actions of the few they decided to destroy all Publicly Created Rooms. They didn’t destroy private conference rooms but any Private Room created you had less chances of dealing with bots. 
    I can go on and on. Yahoo Personals was honestly like a pay version of Yahoo Personals but with people who posted more information of what they seek. Then they changed that so then you couldn’t get that persons Screen name to automatically talk to them and hope they are a member and paying to get and respond to your message. 
    Yahoo Photos was deleted for their pay photo site they bought Flickr. 
    You see what’s going on? Somewhere a long the line Yahoo stopped innovating, they stopped producing. They did a EA basically. Whenever they needed an upgrade or to better their service they bought another company and deleted the old content. Which Microsoft does too with their MSN and Hotmail Services. Each new update sucks and eventually we are forced to keep going with their new service.
    Guys, get Google. Google Talk is still in it’s infancy but it does have potential and Gmail is obviously better then MSN and Yahoo combined.  Oh wait, it’s not MSN anymore its Windows Live Messenger. 
    Seriously, Microsoft is guiltily of doing the same thing. After MSN Messenger they tried to create Windows Messenger which no one used or uninstalled then they kept playing with MSN Messenger and made it MSN Live Messenger and then to Windows Messenger finally and then WINDOWS LIVE MESSANGER GAH!
    The Beta for Googles Browser Google Chrome feels more stable but it is missing a lot of features I still recommend that or Fire Fox. 
    Seriously, go to Googles site….Do you see them whoring all their services? You actually have to search and see what they are offering and for you to try it out and let them know what you think.
    Stop supporting these crappy companies that with each version it just sucks and has less features and gives to less control
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    jedidethfreak says:

    Yet another example of why they should have sold out to MS.

    Freedom of speech means the freedom to say ANYTHING, so long as it is the truth. This does not exclude anything that might hurt someone’s feelings.

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    DeusPayne says:

    Man, Yahoo is spiraling out of control. It didn’t take them long to go from flat out rejecting MS’s offer to buy their search engine, to realizing that they can’t even compete with them, let alone Google. And now this. What will they have left that they can call their own? 

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